OCHS11026 - Introductory Occupational Health and Safety

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides an overview of occupational health and safety as a discipline. Students will trace the history and development of the discipline and develop an appreciation of the impact of the occupational environment on the health and safety of individuals. Students will examine the costs and benefits of strategies to prevent occupational injury and illness and be introduced to the different specialities within the OHS discipline.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 56.9% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback
Review the tutorial schedule to ensure that it complements the assessment items.
The timing of the assessment items will be reviewed to complement the tutorial and lecture content.
Action Taken
The timing of the submission of assessment items was reviewed prior to this offering to ensure the submission dates aligned to the delivery of learning material.
Source: Have Your Say Feedback
Students reported that there could be more emphasis on when the 4 Quest tasks were released to students and when they should submit these tasks.
Whilst the schedule clearly states when students can access and submit the 4 Quests as part of Assessment 1, students appear to struggle with this rolling assessment task idea. It is recommended that Assessment 1 be revised so that only one assessment task is completed which incorporates the learning outcomes of the current 4 Quest tasks.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say Feedback
Students commented that the Zoom tutorials (done by a causal tutor) were not well received due to mixed messages on assessment requirements being given.
It is recommended that the delivery of the Zoom tutorials by casual staff be reviewed for future offerings with a view to enhancing the messages delivered to students on assessment requirements.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Trace the history and development of occupational health and safety.
  2. Identify the essential elements of occupational health and safety.
  3. Describe the impact of occupational injury and disease on individuals, organisations and society.
  4. Source risk management and prevention guidance material.
  5. Construct a reflective mind map related to occupational health and safety topics.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment